Stanford law equity dean who sparked fury by challenging conservative judge BRAGS about her behavior

A Stanford Law equity dean who sparked fury after challenging a Trump-appointed judge during a protest at the school has broken her silence.

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In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Tirien Steinbach brags about her behavior and refuses to apologize.

Earlier this month, Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan was greeted with posters along the walls of the prestigious university – saying he had committed crimes against women, gays, black people and trans people.

He was asked to give a speech at the famous law school earlier in March about the circuit’s Court of Appeals by the student chapter of the conservative Federalist Society, but was met with abuse.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Steinbach stepped in during the screaming, but instead of calming the students down, she started lecturing Judge Duncan for six minutes using pre-prepared notes.

Tirien Steinbach has broken her silence in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal where she brags about her behavior - and claims she tried to 'de-escalate' the incident

Tirien Steinbach has broken her silence in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal where she brags about her behavior – and claims she tried to ‘de-escalate’ the incident

In her first public rebuttal over the incident, Steinbach said that she intended to ‘deploy de-escalation techniques’ when she stepped up to the podium where Judge Duncan was speaking.

She wrote: ‘My intention wasn’t to confront Judge Duncan or the protesters but to give voice to the students so that they could stop shouting and engage in respectful dialogue.

‘I wanted Judge Duncan to understand why some students were protesting his presence on campus and for the students to understand why it was important that the judge be not only allowed but welcomed to speak.’

She claims that her role was to ‘observe’ and ‘de-escalate’, before bragging that she got involved to stop the ‘verbal sparring match’.

But footage shows her launching into a six-minute long speech, which she admitted was pre-prepared, in which she also attacked the judge. 

Student protestors launched vile insults at the judge, including telling him his ‘daughters should be raped’ after tempers flared over his ruling in the case of a transgender pedophile.

Steinbach believes that ‘free speech isn’t easy or comfortable’ and claims that she tried to defuse the situation by ‘acknowledging the protestors’ concerns.’

She went on: ‘In my role as Stanford Law School’s associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, I supported the administration’s decision not to cancel the event or move it to video, as it would censor or limit the free speech of Judge Duncan and the students who invited him.

It is unclear if the students or Steinbach were aware the trans woman they were furiously protesting for is a pedophile

It is unclear if the students or Steinbach were aware the trans woman they were furiously protesting for is a pedophile

She claims that her role was to 'observe' and 'de-escalate', before bragging that she got involved to stop the 'verbal sparring match'

 She claims that her role was to ‘observe’ and ‘de-escalate’, before bragging that she got involved to stop the ‘verbal sparring match’

Transgender pedophile Norman Varner was banned from changing her name to Kathrine Nicole Jett by Judge Duncan. His refusal triggered a firestorm of outrage by the Stanford Law school students. She is pictured in 2013

Transgender pedophile Norman Varner was banned from changing her name to Kathrine Nicole Jett by Judge Duncan. His refusal triggered a firestorm of outrage by the Stanford Law school students. She is pictured in 2013

‘Instead, the administration and I welcomed Judge Duncan to speak while supporting the right of students to protest within the bounds of university policy.

‘As a member of the Stanford Law School administration—and as a lawyer—I believe that we should strive for authentic free speech.

‘We must strive for an environment in which we meet speech—even that with which we strongly disagree—with more speech, not censorship.’

Stanford confirmed that Steinbach is currently on leave, and that the students involved in the woke protest – which was in defense of a convicted pedophile – will not be punished for their actions.

The woke dean started to question how the ‘anger and fury’ of the protestors could be looked at as ‘people who are unhappy about the way things are’.

She asked: ‘Is there a way that we can stop blaming and start to talk and listen to each other?’

Ending her lengthy opinion piece, Steinbach added: ‘Diversity, equity and inclusion plans must have clear goals that lead to greater inclusion and belonging for all community members.

‘How we strike a balance between free speech and diversity, equity and inclusion is worthy of serious, thoughtful and civil discussion.

‘Free speech and diversity, equity and inclusion are means to an end, and one that I think many people can actually agree on: to live in a country with liberty and justice for all its people.’

However, the US Court of Appeals rejected her appeal to change her conviction records to her new name, with Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Duncan and others ruling it as 'meritless' because Jett's legal name at the time of the offences was Varner

Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 51, who was appointed by Donald Trump, was asked to give a speech at the famous law school last week about the circuit’s Court of Appeals by the student chapter of the Federalist Society

When he arrived at the school, he was met by around 100 students screaming obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: 'We hope your daughters get raped'

However, when he arrived at the school, he was met by around 100 students screaming obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: ‘We hope your daughters get raped’

He eventually asked for an administrator when the heckling wouldn't stop and in stepped the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tirien Steinbach. She asked to speak before the group, which confused Duncan, who said 'something felt off'

Tirien Steinbach has since said it was her job to 'de-escalate' the situation

He eventually asked for an administrator when the heckling wouldn’t stop and in stepped the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tirien Steinbach. She has since said it was her job to ‘de-escalate’ the situation 

Law School Dean, Jenny Martinez, and Stanford President, Marc Tessier-Lavinge, have since ‘formally apologized, confirming that protesters and administrators had violated Stanford policy’ days later.

But students appear not to have learned their lesson, with Martinez’s classroom vandalized by students furious that she’d apologized to Duncan on their behalf.

He was asked to give a speech at the famous law school earlier in March about the circuit’s Court of Appeals by the student chapter of the Federalist Society.

However, when he arrived at the school, he was met by around 100 students yelling obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: ‘We hope your daughters get raped.’

He was warned prior to his arrival that there may be protesters and the school had to allow it, but reassured him they were ‘on top of it.’

If there was any disruption, the school would handle it, he was told, but Duncan said that didn’t happen.

Students held signs that read 'trans lives matter' and 'FED SUCK'

Students held signs that read ‘trans lives matter’ and ‘FED SUCK’

In a Facebook post, the group labeled the students 'fascists' who 'dressed in black and formed a mob to ambush Dean Martinez to heckle and shame her'

In a Facebook post, the group labeled the students ‘fascists’ who ‘dressed in black and formed a mob to ambush Dean Martinez to heckle and shame her’

Photos obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show Dean Martinez's classroom covered in posters about 'free speech' after an apology was given to Judge Duncan

Photos obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show Dean Martinez’s classroom covered in posters about ‘free speech’ after an apology was given to Judge Duncan 

Judge Duncan wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal: ‘While in practice, I represented clients and advanced arguments the protesters hate—for instance, I defended Louisiana’s traditional marriage laws,’

Students stormed into the classroom with signs reading ‘FED SUCK’ and ‘Trans Lives Matter’ to heckle him about his judicial decision in Jett’s case.

Steinbach, stepped in – but instead of calming the students down, she ‘insisted she wanted to talk to all of us,’ Duncan said.

‘Something felt off,’ he wrote. ‘Students began screaming, and I reluctantly gave way.

‘Whereupon Ms. Steinbach opened a folio, took out a printed sheaf of papers, and delivered a six-minute speech addressing the question: ‘Is the juice worth the squeeze?’

Video footage of the event shows the altercation between the associate dean and the judge.

‘Can I say something to him, is that okay?’ Steinbach asked the students before turning to Duncan. ‘Is that okay?’

Duncan reiterated that they were ‘heckling’ him and asked for an administrator, which caused students yell that she was.

Steinbach’s head can be seen aggressively nodding yes, but the students yelling made it unable to hear what she was telling him.

Martinez apologized to Judge Duncan on behalf of the school, saying the incident was not indicative of its free speech policies

Martinez apologized to Judge Duncan on behalf of the school, saying the incident was not indicative of its free speech policies 

A mugshot of Jett from 2010

Jett petitioned to change her name in 2018 after starting her transition in 2015

Varner was previously convicted of child exploitation and possession charges in 2005 but was handed an 18-month suspended sentence by an Indiana court.

‘I would like to help,’ she told Duncan. 

‘In what way?’ he replied.

As students screamed that his ‘racism was showing’ and to ‘respect black women,’ the judge eventually conceded, saying: ‘I guess I have to let her.’

She then took the lectern and said: ‘I had to write something down because I’m so uncomfortable up here,’ before launching into her six-minute speech.

In her address, Duncan claimed she called his work ‘abhorrent’ and said it had ’caused harm’ because it ‘literally denies the humanity of people.’

She also claimed that his presence on campus put her in a tough spot because it was her job to ‘create a space of belonging for all people.’

The judge was targeted because of his ruling on a transgender pedophile in 2020, where he refused to allow her bid to get her name changed.

DailyMail.com can reveal the mugshot of Norman Keith Varner, 42, who failed in her bid to change her name to Kathrine Nicole Jett, 42, on court records.

Varner has twice been convicted of possessing child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.

In 2012 Varner pleaded guilty to one count of attempted receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in prison which will be followed by 15 years supervised release.

Jenny Martinez, the dean of Stanford Law School, found her classroom had been vandalized by students angry about the apology

Jenny Martinez, the dean of Stanford Law School, found her classroom had been vandalized by students angry about the apology

By 2015, while in prison, Varner came out as a transgender woman and began ‘hormone replacement therapy’ shortly after trying to change her surname to Jett in Kentucky.

However, the US Court of Appeals rejected Varner’s appeal to change her conviction records to her new name.

Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Duncan and others ruling it as ‘meritless’ because the pedophile was known as Norman Varner at the time she committed the child sex abuse offenses.

But her case sparked anger amongst the woke Stanford law students, and Steinbach, who sabotaged his speech at the prestigious university earlier this month.

Varner’s case was widely reported at the time of the court challenge by outlets including NBC News, including details of her vile crimes.

That suggests Stanford students may have known the magnitude of the crimes she committed – but that they decided to defend her anyway.

Varner was previously convicted of child exploitation and possession charges in 2005 but was handed an 18-month suspended sentence by an Indiana court.

She was then arrested in 2010 for failing to register as a sex offender, as well as several appearances in court and a suspended sentence for fraud offenses and bad checks in the late 1990s.

Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com show that between April 2010 and June 2010 Varner tried to receive child porn on a Compaq computer.

The pedophile possessed a video which was nearly two minutes long showing a ‘prepubescent female’ and a ‘nude minor male’.

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